Learning Piano: The Importance of Sight Reading

Important.  Important.  Important!!

Hello, and welcome to another episode of PianoTV.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll shake your fist, then raise it to the sky.

In today’s video, I unleash a tidal wave of suggestions for sight reading, which is the thing you should be doing EVERY SINGLE DAY as a piano player.  If you eat and breathe, you sight read.  I can’t think of a single other thing that will advance your comprehension of music quicker, so if you want to see rapid gains (who doesn’t?), then make sight reading a goal.  And if you don’t know what sight reading is, the video shall answer your questions. 🙂

A shoutout to my editor for making humorous adjustments at the end, when a video clip disappeared into the Void.

Resources:
Czerny exercises can all be found here:
http://pianoexercises.org/exercises/czerny/
Specifically for beginners are:
-op. 481, 50 practice pieces for beginners
-op. 599, practical exercises for beginners
-100 Progressive Recreations (only the first 20 or so are anywhere close to beginner level)

Bartok’s Mikrokosmos series:
http://imslp.org/wiki/Mikrokosmos,_Sz.107_%28Bart%C3%B3k,_B%C3%A9la%29

Turk:
120 pieces for the beginning pianist (at most the first 11 or so)
http://imslp.org/wiki/120_Handst%C3%BCcke_f%C3%BCr_angehende_Klavierspieler_(T%C3%BCrk,_Daniel_Gottlob)

Mozart (Leopold):
-Nannerl music book
http://imslp.org/wiki/Nannerl’s_Music_Book_(Mozart,_Leopold)

Also, Check out the video on Books for Beginners!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6cGELJwfDQ

Allysia has been teaching piano in Canada for nearly a decade, and has her Grade 10 RCM certificate. She especially enjoys nerding out to music history and theory. When she’s not making videos or teaching, she’s reading, writing, and jamming in a rock band.

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